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Restraint (2008)

A young couple on the run hole up in a country estate with a hostage in tow.

Director:

David Denneen

Writer:

Dave Warner
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Travis Fimmel ... Ron
Teresa Palmer ... Dale
Stephen Moyer ... Andrew
Phillip Holder Phillip Holder ... Sgt Paul Widdens (as Philip Holder)
Margie McCrae Margie McCrae ... Mrs. Wynott
Peter Davies Peter Davies ... Terry Gilmore
Taylor Owyns Taylor Owyns ... Angela - Antique Dealer (as Taylor Owynns)
Keith Robinson Keith Robinson ... Mr. Middleton
Nate Jones ... Tim
Alyssa McClelland ... Gabrielle
Patrick Ward Patrick Ward ... Andrew's father
Joanne Hunt Joanne Hunt ... Constable Blainey (as Josy Lee Hunt)
Mike Willesee ... Sky News reader #1
Vanessa Redgrave ... Sky News reader #2
Fabio Nardo Fabio Nardo ... Joey's dead body
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A small time criminal, Ron, has killed the boss of his girlfriend and they are escaping from the police. After killing a gas station attendant, Ron drives to an old manor in the middle of nowhere where Andrew, an agoraphobic, lives, in order to exchange their car. When he notes that Andrew is a wealthy man, Ron decides to get money from Andrew to travel to Thailand. Andrew notices that Dale resembles his fiancée, Gabrielle, who left him six months ago. He proposes that Dale dye her hair and go to the bank with two cheques of $20,000.00 pretending that she is Gabrielle. But things do not go according to plan. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Seclusion. Seduction. Survival.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2008 (USA) See more »

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[first lines]
Andrew: [calling to his escaped cockatoo] Charlie. Charlie, come on.
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Great thriller... starring great upcoming actors!
8 September 2008 | by SiamoisSee all my reviews

This film was obviously made on a budget but nonetheless packs a lot of punch thanks to great direction and three leads who are excellent in their respective roles. Although writer Dave Warner doesn't reinvent anything, he's written great characters caught in a dark, twisted and steamy plot. Director David Denneen probably didn't have a huge budget but the direction remains classy and tight at all time. He's very much in control and I didn't expect that from looking at his small body of work credited on IMDb.

I was skeptical of the praise thrown at the movie and the three main actors, considering most reviews were written by Australians and human nature being what it is, people tend to hype local stuff. But what's been written by others is true: the three leads are perfect. This is good casting and great acting by each. And yes, I think these three actors will benefit from this movie. Teresa Palmer is definitely a name to remember. Simply put, she's mesmerizing and reminded me of fellow Australian Nicole Kidman in her younger days. She's headed straight for Hollywodd big time. Travis Fimmel, who play the young psycho, is doing good too. His performance is a little over the top but never enough to disrupt our suspension of disbelief. As for Stephen Moyer, he's more of a veteran actor than these two and his role is much less flashier but required a more solid actor and he definitely delivers this challenging part. His presence is powerful, yet subdued at times.

There's very little to change in this film. No scenes to cut, no scenes to add. The pacing is great. The story flows well. The characters could have been a little more fleshed out and original, likewise for the plot. But anyone who likes classic thrillers will have a fun time watching this.


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